PhD and MA fellowships in medieval/early modern culture and digital humanities: the Canterbury Tales, Medieval Codes, and Textual Communities projects

Due: 8 February, 2015

Following funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for four-year PhD and one/two year MA scholarships to work on the following research projects:

The Canterbury Tales Project (

The Textual Communities Project (

The Medieval Codes Project (
Applicants should propose a MA or PhD topic related to some aspect of these projects. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:

The manuscripts, incunables, and textual tradition of the Canterbury Tales

Analysis of large manuscript traditions, including use of mathematical/statistical/phylogenetic methods

Theory and practice of scholarly editing in the digital age

The effect of the digital revolution on our models of the humanities, archives and the community

Digital humanities and scholarly editing/archival collections

Information structures and features in medieval documents

Medieval manuscript layout and navigation
Successful candidates will join one of the Canterbury Tales, Textual Communities, or Medieval Codes projects, commencing in September 2015.
Facility with Latin or a modern European language and skills in computing will be particularly valuable, but not essential. We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. With support from SSHRC and the university, we are able to offer funding towards research travel and training, with scholarship and other support for subsistence during study to qualified students. You will be joining a small but vibrant international cohort, currently including students from Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Mexico.
Please follow the Department of English guidelines for application, which can be found at In your cover letter, please specify that you are applying for this position and provide a substantial description of your research interests as they relate to the projects named above.
For more information about these research opportunities, please contact Peter Robinson at, or Yin Liu at Complete applications should be lodged by 8 February, 2015; late applications may be considered if funding is still available.

CHI Visiting Fellows Program, Pennsylvania State University

Application review begins 15 January, 2015

The Center for Humanities and Information at The Pennsylvania State University seeks up to three visiting fellows for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Taking “information” in its broadest possible senses, the Center aims to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars who read and think widely across fields, geographical space, and historical time. Fellowships are awarded at two levels: Senior Fellowships, appropriate for scholars employed in tenure-track positions at any level, are for one year, and carry no teaching obligation; Junior (postdoctoral) Fellowships are for two years, and require fellows to teach one course per year. Salaries for both Senior and Junior Fellows are $50,000; support also includes research/travel funding and a benefits package. Fellows have access to extensive research design support, as well as to grant-writing and job market workshops, career mentoring, and archival/library support and research consultation. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Penn State’s University Park campus and to participate in the Center’s weekly lunches and lecture series.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials (obtained by July 30, 2015) and a record of peer-reviewed work. Emerging scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Applicants from all parts of the world are welcome; U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. CHI also encourages co-applications from groups of two or more people working on a single project. At least one Fellow each year should have a background in or a research project oriented towards library research.

Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2015, although all applications will be considered until the search is concluded. To apply, upload a letter of application, a CV (please include names/emails of three references), and a writing sample of 25-30pp, electronically here. Applicants for Junior Fellowships should also upload a one-page description of an undergraduate course they might teach in their field of expertise. Visit the CHI website at

Mellon Fellowships at The Humanities Institute,  LuEsther T.Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden

Due: 15 January, 2015

The Humanities Institute—a new division in the LuEsther T.Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden—has developed various programs and activities to further its mission of reuniting the arts and sciences; one of those includes a generous Fellowship Program, the link is:

As is indicated in further detail in the link, the Humanities Institute offers a full-year Mellon Fellowship for graduate students (PhD candidates) and post docs in the environmental humanities, including the arena of urban planning, architecture, landscape and garden design, biology, ecology, environmental ethics, and cultural geography.

Please note the dates of the fellowship comprise the calendar year 2015—with fellowships starting this coming spring rather than later in the autumn.    For more info see:

Harry Ransom Center Fellowships

Due: 15 January, 2015

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.

The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 fellowships, which will support research visits that will take place during the period June 1, 2015-August 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Center’s website by January 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. More information about the fellowships and the Ransom Center’s collections is available online at

Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. In the 25 years since the fellowship program’s inauguration, the Center has supported the research of more than 900 scholars from around the world through fellowship awards.

Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions should be directed to

Villa I Tatti Fellowships

Graduate Visiting Fellowship deadline: January 15, 2015
Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowship deadline: February 2, 2015
Mellon Visiting Fellowship deadline: February 2, 2015

Apply Online for the following Fellowships, all held at Villa I Tatti: Smyth (3 months), Mellon (3-6 months), and Graduate (1 semester). A PhD is required only for the first category. All are for advanced study in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance.

For forms, go here:

For more information, go here:

Supernumerary Teaching Fellowship in English 1550-1760, St. John’s College, Oxford

Due: 26 January 2015

St. John’s College invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term Supernumerary Teaching Fellowship in English (without membership of Governing Body). The appointment is available from 1st October 2015 and will end on 30th September 2020. Applications for this post are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

The person elected will be expected to teach literary topics and writers from the period 1550 to 1760, including a separate paper on Shakespeare, to St John’s undergraduates, for eight hours each week during full term. They will also take a significant role in the organisation of teaching English, and English for associated joint subjects in the College; and will also be expected to share pastoral duties and to participate in undergraduate admissions, College Open Days and school visits. The election to the Fellowship will be for one year in the first instance, renewable subject to a satisfactory report on the specified duties. No duties are required for the University, and the approval of the College must be sought before any are undertaken. The successful candidate will hold or be close to completing a doctoral degree in English at the time of application, and will be expected to engage in original research. The period 1st October 2019 – 30th September 2020 will be a sabbatical year to permit the Fellow to further their research. The successful applicant will assist the English Fellows in a recruitment drive to increase the number of people applying to read English at St John’s, this drive to be implemented during the period of the Fellowship.

The annual salary will be on the University’s Grade 6 for Academic Staff (currently £27,057 – £35,256). The Fellow will have rights to lunches and dinners without charge during those weeks of the year when the kitchen is open, the use of an office, and certain College benefits and allowances including research expenses (currently up to a maximum of £1,500 per year) and a housing allowance (currently £5,775 per year).

Further particulars for the post, including information about the application procedure, can be found on the College’s website at

Post-doctoral Mellon Fellowships, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
Due: 1 February 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City has generously funded annual postdoctoral Fellowships at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for nearly a decade. The grant provides for up to four Fellowships each year, to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminar. The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, and have defended their thesis successfully before the 1 February application deadline, and may include those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships, are valued at approximately Can $35,000.

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Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature, Merton College Oxford

Due: 9 February 2015

Salary £29,203 pa, plus a housing allowance of £10,000 pa or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for four years commencing on 1 October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as a researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be:

to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old and Middle English;
to contribute to the wider academic research environment in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and
to teach undergraduates reading English for up to six weighted hours per week in full term.

The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford. The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential. The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

To access the online application form go here.

The closing date for applications is 9 February 2015.
Interviews will be held in College on 23 March 2015.

Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowships 2015-2016

Short-term fellowships due March 1, 2015

Each year, the Folger Institute offers 50 long- and short-term residential research fellowships to encourage use of the exceptional collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library and to encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources. Awardees are expected to be in continuous residence and to participate in the intellectual life of the Folger.

For application info, go to: